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WHY GALAPAGOS?

 
 

A bucket list travel destination

 

The Galapagos Islands archipelago was formed by volcanic eruptions. Located in Ecuador about 1000 km off the coast of South America. Each of the islands of the archipelago has its own character and unique qualities: Thirteen large volcanic islands, six smaller islands and one hundred seven rocks and islets, distributed around the line of the terrestrial equator. Administratively, the islands constitute a province of Ecuador, whose capital is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (officially, it is also called the Insular Region of Ecuador).

Due to its characteristics, flora and fauna, it is considered unique in the world.

Many of its species are not found anywhere else on earth. All of the Galapagos reptiles, half of the birds, 32% of the plants and 25% of the fish, as well as many of the invertebrates, are found only in the archipelago. The terrestrial and marine environments in Galapagos create a multiplicity of attractive and unique landscapes which have captivated generation of tourists and scientists. Giant tortoise, marine and land iguanas and lava lizards constitute the most spectacular reptile group found anywhere. Birds are represented by more than 13 species of varying finches and also by flightless cormorants, small penguins, sparrow hawks, flamingos, albatrosses and boobies, among others, Mammals found there include beautiful and playful seals and dolphins.

Albermarle (Isabela)
 
Bartholomew (Bartolomé)
 
Bindloe (Marchena)
 
Chinese Hat (Sombrero chino)
 
Duncan (Pinzón)
 
Darwin (Culpepper)
 
Española Island (Hood)
 
Fernandina Island (Narborough)
 
Floreana (Charles or Santa María)
 
Genovesa Island (Tower)
 
Louis (Pinta)
 
North Seymour
 
Plaza Sur (South Plaza)
 
Rábida (Jervis)
 
San Cristobal Island (Chatham)
 
Santa Cruz Islands (Indefatigable)
 
Santa Fe Island (Barrington)
 
Santiago Island (James)
 
South Seymour (Baltra)
 

 

It can carry up to a maximum of 20 kg (44 pounds) in luggage (a suitcase) on flights to or from the Galapagos Islands. However you can carry small bags, sleeves or cameras in your hand.
In your trips to Galapagos all visitors must travel to the Islands with their respective valid passports.
Most of the walks in Galapagos are done on lava terrain so a good pair of sports shoes, with rubber soles are the most recommended.
The Galapagos Islands are located on the Equator. However, tropical heat is tempered by Pacific breezes and these by the South Equatorial Current.

There are two weather stations in the Islands:

1) The Hot Season from December to May where the humidity is high and the average temperature is around 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. There may be occasional showers, but the days are usually warm and sunny.

2) The Dry Season is from June to November, you can feel fresh winds that occasionally bring with them a slight mist called Garúa. The temperature at this time is around 20 to 24 degrees Celsius during the day and it cools down at nightfall.

For those who practice Snorkeling, it is advisable to bring snorkel shorts with them, as the waters in Galapagos are a little cold with temperatures around 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.

The electric current in Galapagos is 110 / AC. So you can carry any electrical appliance you may need during your visit.
Local time in Galapagos is GMT -6 (one hour less than Ecuador’s mainland). In our vessels we work with Ecuador’s mainland time
For the daytime in the Galapagos, you will most likely want to be in shorts and a loose comfortable t-shirt or tank top. A wide-brimmed or long-billed hat and a pair of sunglasses are essentials for protecting face, eyes, ears and neck from the bright and scorching equatorial sun. For the evenings on some boats, particularly cruise ships, dinner can be a bit more formal, so a dress shirt or a simple sun dress might be a good idea.
The sun hits the equator hard and can burn you before you know it. We recommend SPF 45 waterproof sunscreen, and everywhere.
Always travel with all prescription medicines that you may need.
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Travel Essentials:

 

Passport: Must be valid for six months after departure from Ecuador/ Credit cards: Visa and Mastercard are most often accepted/ Cash: Local Currency is US Dollars/ Personal medication and Seasick medication / Sunglasses and Sunscreen.

 

Travel Gear:

 

Daypack: If you need to carry other travel gear such as a water bottle, camera and binoculars you will need a small daypack / Camera and/or video camera: With extra memory cards / Water bottle / Underwater Camera: You won’t want to miss the variety of wildlife waiting for you when you snorkel in the Galapagos / Small pair of binoculars: The animals aren’t hiding and most likely you will be able to see everything up close.

 
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"A trip to the Galapagos Islands will surely be one you will never forget"

 
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